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Service Dogs and Autistic Children – Pet Tip 253

Dogs help humans in so many ways. They help with companionship, with tasks that they carry out for us and sometimes they help make every day living much easier. Perhaps the best demonstration of this fact is when dogs help people with disabilities. Many of us have seen dogs helping blind people and many have heard of dogs that feel when a seizure in an epileptic person is about to occur and then protect them from injury. Dogs can also help aid autistic children and parents of autistic children in many ways as well. Recent studies suggest that the prevalence of autistic children in Canada may be 1 in 165 children or higher. Therefore, many people may well personally know of an autistic child in their extended family, or know of friends or acquaintances that have an autistic child. So how can dogs help these autistic children?

The National Service Dogs (NSD) organization in Ontario Canada, is one of the best organizations that specifically help train dogs to make the lives of autistic children better. You might be wondering how a service dog can be useful to autistic children

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BC, Canada
Peachface Lovebird
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This is my 6 month old, peach-faced lovebird Stubby. He is pictured here riding around on my fuzzy santa hat. Exploring every nook and cranny of our house is his life-long quest (we have alot of nooks and crannys).  His favourite place to sit is on the arm or back of our couch. Our most cherished memory of him is when he was teasing the family dog through one of the baby gates in the hallway. He was standing about 4 inches from the other side of the baby gate and flapping his wing and going "CHIP.... CHIP" to the dog. He is a cuddly sweetheart who loves kisses and we love him very much.

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